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GENEALOGY WITH A RABBIT – SERIOUSLY 

Yes, it made sense to combine (2018) my cemetery and genealogy blogs; by doing so, eliminated duplicate posts and amalgamated overlapping ones. Just as genealogists visit cemeteries looking for information of loved ones and ancestors, I found information worked better in one blog, rather than hopping back and forth between two. [Update 30APR2018 06MAY2018: 175 152 posts wait to be transferred, including 6 drafts that have been pending since 2013!].

Or three, because not all my memorial posts for late family members were eloquent thoughts. Tacking in the poetry site made it complete – like completing a jigsaw puzzle, you no longer see the pieces but the entire picture. [Update 30APR2018: all of the poetry is transferred, including the 9 drafts that have been pending for over 2+ years now.].

So, figuratively, with all three blogs in one place … I hope my combined efforts will be informative, thought-provoking and, if all else fails, at least entertaining.

ROCK OF AGES: GRAVE CONCERNS (2010) 

Like most youngsters, my earliest experiences of cemeteries were during funerals of elderly family members that I had met once or had never met at all! 

An abandoned cemetery, Bolton, ON 1863
Abandoned cemetery near Bolton, ON 1863

It was not until 1981 (six years after I lost my Gramma Rabbit) that my frozen fear left me and I resumed the family visits every week through the summers and a lot more.

Graveyards. Churchyards. Pioneer burial grounds.  I have traipsed through many, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia.  Big and small.  From the manicured and maintained to the overrun and forgotten.

Every cemetery has character, and are filled with them too, whether they are lawmakers or lawbreakers, heroes or homeless. Each cemetery in its own, can reveal the unique history of the community (or communities) populated near it, if you are brave enough to take the time to walk through its gates.  

Every marker holds a story to the person, or persons, laid buried beneath it, whether it is conveyed with endearing words or poignant images.  Some shout out bravery and sacrifice, while others hold secrets that only a plot number *might* reveal. 

Then, there are the untold mysteries — the pock-marked rocks, from the earliest burials running parallel along the wrought iron fence, or the sunken mounds that lay unidentified behind the original caretaker’s shed, or the beautifully carved wooden cross, crippled and alone in the far back corner with only “FATHER” to identify it.

YOUR ROOTS ARE SHOWING, DEARIE (2011) and RAINGATE (2016):     

my genealogy and poetry blogs, respectively:

I can ramble (and rhyme) almost any topic under the Sun or the Moon, except I cannot hold two words together when confronted with one of two things:

  • “Tell me something about yourself.” Usually heard close to the end of a job interview; or,
  • Use of the word “essay.” (I still choke.).

(My) “Gramma Rabbit” was Emily, who was my paternal grandmother.  A lot of the genealogy stories contained here are about her, raising a family of seven young men (between 2 years and 11 years) and a 9-month-old baby girl (my “Aunt E” the Nun), after losing her husband in December 1939, twenty (20) days before Christmas.

She introduced me to heraldic art, family history (namely, the bits she had between The Testaments in her French Bible) and graveyard maintenance. So, if I have been the slightest bit helpful in anyway during your research, all credit and praise belongs to her.

But, the family curse of poetry, I inherited *that* from my father, a third-generation Wordsmith and a second-generation incurable romantic – unfortunately, neither talent (his nor mine) worthy of irking a living from.

That’s it for now.

SLR